Dhaka warns myan­mar over vi­o­la­tions

The Sunday Guardian - - World - REUTERS

DHAKA: Bangladesh has ac­cused Myan­mar of re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing its air space and warned that any more “provoca­tive acts” could have “un­war­ranted con­se­quences”, rais­ing the risk of a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in re­la­tions al­ready strained by the Ro­hingya refugee cri­sis. Nearly 400,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims from western Myan­mar have crossed into Bangladesh since 25 Au­gust, flee­ing a Myan­mar govern­ment of­fen­sive against in­sur­gents that the United Na­tions has branded a “text­book ex­am­ple of eth­nic cleans­ing”. Bangladesh said Myan­mar drones and he­li­copters had vi­o­lated its air space three times—10, 12 and 14 Septem­ber— and it had called in a top Myan­mar em­bassy of­fi­cial in Dhaka to com­plain. “Bangladesh ex­pressed deep con­cern at the rep­e­ti­tion of such acts of provo­ca­tion and de­manded that Myan­mar takes im­me­di­ate mea­sures to en­sure that such vi­o­la­tion of sovereignty does not oc­cur again,” the min­istry said in state­ment late on Friday. “These provoca­tive acts may lead to un­war­ranted con­se­quences.” A Myan­mar govern­ment spokesman said he did not have in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dents Bangladesh had com­plained about but Myan­mar had de­nied an ear­lier ac­cu­sa­tion. The spokesman, Zaw Htay, said Myan­mar would check any in­for­ma­tion that Bangladesh pro­vided.

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